Vestry Meeting Highlights
A regular meeting of the Vestry was held on
March 6, 2002. In addition to Father Moyer, the entire Vestry was
present with the exception of Joan Dilworth, John Nyheim and David
Rawson who were all out of town. The meeting was opened with prayer and
chaired by the Rector’s Warden, Mr. Stanley Bright.
The Vestry reviewed the Extra-Parochial Giving
budget for 2002. A motion was made, seconded and passed to approve the
budget of $64,000, but to place a temporary hold on payment of the
monies allocated for payment of the Episcopal Assessment until the
current situation becomes clarified. The Vestry will determine at a
later date the disposition of those monies. The amount allocated for
giving outside the parish exceeds 10% of the expected income of the
parish for the year.
The Vestry then spent over an hour discussing the
current situation involving the inhibition Father Moyer received from
Bishop Bennison. Copies of the letter from Father Moyer to the bishop
and the letter from Father Moyer’s lawyer, John Lewis, Esquire, to the
Chancellor of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, William Bullitt, Esquire,
were distributed. (You are welcome to pick up a copy of these documents
from the church office.) Father Moyer has asked the bishop to affirm
four basic tenets of the Christian Faith and the Church. References from
the Book of Common Prayer, Articles
of Religion and Holy Scriptures are used in support of those tenets. Mr.
Lewis has called the actions taken by the bishop and Standing Committee
invalid, illegal, unjust and unchristian.
Father Moyer requested that the Vestry allow him
to take a personal in-house retreat in order to focus on prayer and the
Sacraments as he seeks direction concerning future actions. He stated
that support has been coming in from all over the country and the world.
Archbishop Carey is just one of those who are supportive. Father Moyer
said, “I know Jesus was crucified because Church leaders said that He
broke the law. I have no wish to be crucified, but I have no plans to
change my position. Eternal issues are at stake. If Bishop Bennison is
allowed to celebrate and preach in this church, we will have failed
people all over the world.”
The Vestry was grateful for and supportive of the
ways that Father Moyer has handled this entire matter to date. A
sometimes-heated debate about the bishop, his real intentions and what
to do next followed. It was agreed that we should proceed with great
caution in order not to do anything that would jeopardize the parish.
Various strategies were discussed and it was decided that the Vestry
should meet again in two weeks in order to review the situation in light
of any new developments during that time. All agreed to pray for Father
Moyer, the parish and all those in authority around the world who may
become involved in this matter.
Copies of the reports of the parish study
interviews conducted by Federico and Cummings were distributed to
members of the Vestry for study. Following prayer by the secretary the
meeting was adjourned.
Secretary of the Vestry
continue to pray for Father Moyer and the Vestry as we all seek to
discern our Lord’s will and once discerned, for the courage to follow
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